20 years of innovation

The journey from a research breakthrough to an innovation that improves the lives for people can vary in any number of ways. We have collected a selection of such journeys from Karolinska Institutet in the fields of Diagnostics, Medtech, Biotech, Digital Health, Social Innovation and Pharma. We hope that every one of them gives you an inspirational snapshot of the process that takes ideas to innovation.

Here we present selection of stories from the past 20 years of innovation. There are of course many more excellent examples to highlight, and many more individuals who have been crucial in the process of transforming research results into societal benefit. We have attempted to provide an idea of the variety of what is done here at Karolinska Institutet.

A variety that sustains our leading position in research and development that we see today.

We hope to inspire an increase understanding about innovation.

Rising stars

Gesynta Pharma

January 22nd, 2021|

In 2020, Gesynta raised SEK 190 million in one of the year’s largest private biotech investments in the Nordic region. Now the company is one step closer to a new drug for systemic sclerosis. The future promises several innovative treatments for a number of inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.


December 18th, 2020|

CartaNA’s technology has been described as Google Maps for finding how specific genes are expressed in the body. The technique is set to have a major impact on accelerating the development of new drugs.


December 21st, 2020|

A wireless lung function meter and smartphone app is making life easier for many asthma sufferers. The idea was born in a clinic at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital and now the popular solution is spreading throughout Sweden.